Henry Krieger and John Patrick Shanley's musical, starring Idina Menzel and Mark Linn-Baker; a new Stephen Belber play starring Logan Marshall-Green; and a Pete Townshend rock opera will be part of the summer lineup for the Powerhouse Theater. The 23rd season for the New York Stage & Film company located on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has announced its mainstage productions, concert readings, workshops and more.
The Powerhouse season — featuring 16 different theatrical events, spanning June 22-July 29 — follows:
Mainstage productions - (Powerhouse Theater)
Stephen Belber's Geometry of Fire (June 27-July 8)
Lucie Tiberghien directs Logan Marshall-Green (King Lear, "The O.C.") in the production, which centers on an encounter between a returning-from-war Marine sniper and a Saudi American trying to find why his father died.
Romantic Poetry: A Musical Play (July 18-29)
Shanley (book and lyrics, director) and Krieger (music) team on this new collective of plays on love. William Evans, Ivan Hernandez, Mark Linn-Baker, Chris McGarry, Idina Menzel and Patina Miller star.
Concert readings (Martel Theater)
R-E-S-P-E-C-T (June 29 & 30)
Stephen Fischer pens a story about rival high schools in the Tennessee town during the sixties — using the music of East Memphis Music artists like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Oz Scott directs.
The Boy Who Heard Music (July 13 & 14)
Ethan Silverman directs and adapts this new rock opera that finds an old rock star telling the story of a diverse teen band's rise and fall. Story, music and lyrics by Pete Townshend.
Workshops (Susan Stein Shiva Theater)
Marcus Gardley's Dance of the Holy Ghost (July 13-15)
Leah C. Gardiner directs Dance, which centers on a bitter jazz musician who comes to terms with "the three generations of family that he's laid to waste, and to the one great love of his life."
Readings festivals - (Susan Stein Shiva Theater, free)
Festival 1 - (June 22-24)
Substitution by Anton Dudley
Festival 2 - (July 27-29)
The Escape Artists Children by Steven Harper
Online ticket sales begin May 15 and the Powerhouse box office, 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, opens June 6. For further information, visit powerhouse.vassar.edu.